Though 1600 protesters were said to be showing up in support of Bernie Sanders' candidacy for president, less than 100 actually made it to the rally and march on Friday, which began at Huntington Park at 5 p.m. The group nonetheless made some noise, as you can hear in the video above, and as Hoodline reports they made their way as close as they could get to the Washington Street home of venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, where a fundraiser was happening for Hillary Clinton and featured the presence of longtime Clinton fan George Clooney, along with his wife, human rights attorney Amal Clooney.
At issue, of course, was the $33,400-$353,400 ticket price, and Hillary's documented connections to some of the big banks that Senator Sanders would like to become smaller.
As KRON 4 reports, protesters chanted "We are the 99 percent!" As one Sanders supporter, Heidi Knodle, shouted, "Votes for sale only $353,000, including dinner. Get big money out of politics.”
According to the Chronicle, "Other signs compared Clinton to fabled French queen Marie Antoinette of 'Let them eat cake' fame."
It's unclear whether the #DineWithThe99 potluck actually took place outside Pishevar's home or not, but Hoodline says, "After some time protesting outside of Pishevar's home, the group continued marching down Jones and over to Jackson Street, with police following on motorcycles."
As we noted earlier, this was one of two fundraisers the Clooneys are hosting for Hillary, with the second one tonight in Los Angeles at the Clooney home, which will be attended by Steven Spielberg, wife Kate Capshaw, and big-time Obama supporters Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg.
The events are for the "joint fundraising committee" known as the Hillary Victory Fund, which is separate from the campaign and therefore can accept bigger donations than the $2,700 limit. An early Victory Fund event hosted by Sting in December raised $8 million in one night, as Politico noted. Funds from these fundraisers also go to other Democratic candidates in smaller races.
Update: Some tweets from inside Friday's fundraiser, via re/Code.
Um, this just happened 💥💥💥 pic.twitter.com/w8nwVM6Lae— Katie Jacobs Stanton (@KatieS) April 16, 2016